Thursday, December 14, 2006

Stealing from Children's Miracle Network

Moore, OK - You can't be a bigger Scrooge at Christmas time than to steal from kids in need. Well, that's exactly what court papers allege one man did in early November.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in Cleveland County last Friday, Thomas Alan Brown, 33, was caught on tape stealing a Children's Miracle Network donation canister.

It seems Brown was employeed by Flair Body Works located in Moore. As many businesses do, FBW had a Children's Miracle Network donation can sitting on the front counter. There, customers and employees would donate their spare change in hopes of bringing joy to needy children this holiday season.

It also seems that FBW had been experiencing some petty theft from time to time. So, the owner installed a hidden camera.

On November 7 the owner of FBW noticed the donation canister missing. So, he checked the covert video and reportedly saw Brown enter the area, check the coast was clear, and then exit with the donations.

The owner of FBW reported that about $300 cash was inside the can.

On December 8, charges were filed and an arrest warrant issued for Brown.

If karma exists, Brown is in for a not so jolly Christmas.

UPDATE: On 5/29/07 Brown pled guilty and was given a 6-month suspended sentence and fines.

Yo Ma, Another Drink Please!

OKC, OK - Seems when the critically acclaimed Blue Man Group performed to a soldout crowd at the Ford Center November 12, one mother started the party a little early.

According to court records Dinah R. Shadid, 44, of Dallas was in OKC with her three children, ages 17, 16, and 12.

Seems an Oklahoma City vice officer, working at the Ford Center, came into contact with the Shadid quartet. The problem, three of the four Shadids were three sheets to the wind.

According to the probable cause affidavit, "Dinah Shadid told officers she had taken her children to a house somewhere off I-35 and Indian Hills Road. While at this house she provided vodka to her minor children..."

The mother of the year from Dallas was promptly booked into jail and her children taken into protective custody.

December 7, felony charges of providing alcohol to a minor where filed in Cleveland County (where the 'vodka' was allegedly consumed).

UPDATE: on 5/16/07 Dinah Shadid plead guilty and was given a 5-year deferred sentence, ordered to pay court costs and take parenting classes.